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FReeper's Book Rockets Up Amazon After Ingraham Show!
Amazon.com ^ | Feb 21. 2005 | Larry Schweikart

Posted on 02/21/2005 1:50:24 PM PST by Travis McGee

Larry Schweikart, AKA freeper "LS," was on the Laura Ingraham show this morning, discussing his book "A Patriot's History of the United States." In the hours since the show, Patriot's History has rocketed on Amazon from a ranking in the middle hundreds, to number 36! This may be the best selling book by any freeper, ever! Congratulations Larry!

Next stop, Rush Limbaugh's March newsletter, and and the top ten!


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KEYWORDS: booksales; congrats; ingraham; larryschweikart; lauraingraham; patriotshistory; talkradio
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From the Amazon page:

About the Author

Larry Schweikart is a history professor at the University of Dayton. Michael Allen is a professor of history and American studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Product Description: For at least thirty years, high school and college students have been taught to be embarrassed by American history. Required readings have become skewed toward a relentless focus on our country’s darkest moments, from slavery to McCarthyism. As a result, many history books devote more space to Harriet Tubman than to Abraham Lincoln; more to My Lai than to the American Revolution; more to the internment of Japanese Americans than to the liberation of Europe in World War II.

Now, finally, there is an antidote to this biased approach to our history. Two veteran history professors have written a sweeping, well-researched book that puts the spotlight back on America’s role as a beacon of liberty to the rest of the world.

Schweikart and Allen are careful to tell their story straight, from Columbus’s voyage to the capture of Saddam Hussein. They do not ignore America’s mistakes through the years, but they put them back in their proper perspective. And they conclude that America’s place as a world leader derived largely from the virtues of our own leaders— the men and women who cleared the wilderness, abolished slavery, and rid the world of fascism and communism.

The authors write in a clear and enjoyable style that makes history a pleasure, not just for students but also for adults who want to learn what their teachers skipped over.

1 posted on 02/21/2005 1:50:26 PM PST by Travis McGee
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To: LS; Jeff Head; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; archy; backhoe; Badray; t_skoz; Becki; Jack Black; meadsjn; ...

PING!


2 posted on 02/21/2005 1:51:43 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
National Review online put up an interview on Friday too.
3 posted on 02/21/2005 1:52:52 PM PST by untenured
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To: Travis McGee

I got to look into this one.


4 posted on 02/21/2005 1:53:32 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("There out ta get me! They won't catch me! I'm #@^#@# innocent! They won't break me" - Guns N Roses)
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To: All
Here's a quick link to A Patriot's History on Amazon.
5 posted on 02/21/2005 1:55:19 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: facedown

ping


6 posted on 02/21/2005 1:55:47 PM PST by sistergoldenhair
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To: Travis McGee

Bump for later.


7 posted on 02/21/2005 1:56:15 PM PST by Badray (Quinn's First Law -- Liberalism ALWAYS generates the exact opposite of its stated intent.)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks!


8 posted on 02/21/2005 1:57:20 PM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins." PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Travis McGee

I ordered it from Amazon and I received it on Saturday. I can't wait to read it.


9 posted on 02/21/2005 1:57:58 PM PST by SilentServiceCPOWife (Romeo&Juliet, Troilus&Crisedye, Bogey&Bacall, Gable&Lombard, Brigitte&Flav)
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To: untenured; LS; Travis McGee

So when's the debate with Zinn and Chomsky scheduled?

;-) ;-)


10 posted on 02/21/2005 1:59:18 PM PST by SteveH
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To: Dan from Michigan

Me too. This sounds like a book well worth getting.


11 posted on 02/21/2005 2:00:07 PM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: LS; Travis McGee

Mine is on the way from deep in the Brasilian rainforest..lol

I also ashamedly admit....I picked up Unintended Consequences while there.

..a bit tardy I know.


12 posted on 02/21/2005 2:01:31 PM PST by wardaddy (I don't think Muslims are good for America....just a gut instinct thing.)
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To: Travis McGee; LS

I listened to this interview this morning. The author is intelligent (he is a FReeper, after all), very well spoken, and has an excellent "radio" voice. Laura Ingraham was obviously quite impressed with the book and with her guest. It doesn't surprise me that listeners were motivated to buy it. (I have no financial stake in the sales of this book.) I can personally recommend it.


13 posted on 02/21/2005 2:03:51 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Travis McGee
Bump for one of our own.
14 posted on 02/21/2005 2:05:26 PM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: SteveH

I no am liking CHOMSKY!


15 posted on 02/21/2005 2:05:37 PM PST by litehaus
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To: untenured
From the interview:

As we say in the intro/jacket flap, we reject "My Country, Right or Wrong," but we equally reject "My Country, Always Wrong." I think you'll find us quite critical of such aspects of our past-such as the Founders' unwillingness to actually act on slavery on at least three separate occasions; or about Teddy Roosevelt's paternalistic regulations and his anti-business policies. On the other hand, as conservatives, we nevertheless destroy the myth that FDR "knew" about the Pearl Harbor attack in advance. Instead, we try to always put the past in the context of the time — why did people act then as they did, and was that typical?

I find the POV of a balanced perspective refreshing in contrast with the PC diatribes inserted into many modern US history books these days from liberal authors. Regarding the latter, I think the one-note, anti-U.S., BAMN perspective of modern PC revisionist historians hurts their own cause.

However, I am not sure that FDR didn't know about the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in advance. There is just too much smoke associated with that for me to deny categorically that there was any fire. (Anyone know a good online rebuttal to At Dawn We Slept?)

16 posted on 02/21/2005 2:07:50 PM PST by SteveH
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks for the heads-up. I went over and read the Amazon reviews - worth a good chuckle if you get a chance.


17 posted on 02/21/2005 2:09:34 PM PST by Amalie (FREEDOM had NEVER been another word for nothing left to lose...)
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To: Travis McGee
FWIW, it looks like Overstock is a couple bucks cheaper on shipping (it's $1.40), and the book's a tad less too (it's $19.11) They say it's in stock. I've so far had good luck with them.
18 posted on 02/21/2005 2:12:40 PM PST by glock rocks (WYGIWYG)
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To: Travis McGee
This may be the best selling book by any freeper, ever!

Jerry Corsi's book, co-written with John O'Neill, was #1 for several weeks. You do remember Unfit for Command , don't you?

19 posted on 02/21/2005 2:12:49 PM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks, Travis, for this post. Congrats, Larry!!!! Whoo hoo!!! I'm going to check it out right now.


20 posted on 02/21/2005 2:13:22 PM PST by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: Travis McGee
I heard that interview! I'm so glad the author is a freeper! The author said the book was appropriate for advanced juniors or seniors in high school through college. It made me think that someone should write a history book like this for younger students. I am already combating the publik schools and having to teach my 8 year old "the truth" compared to what she learns at school.
21 posted on 02/21/2005 2:13:32 PM PST by Mrs.O'Strategery
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To: Travis McGee; LS

Excellent! I've already placed my amazon.com order for the book.


22 posted on 02/21/2005 2:14:19 PM PST by shezza
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To: LS

Bumpity bump bump.


23 posted on 02/21/2005 2:14:31 PM PST by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: Travis McGee; LS
Congratulations. As an author of non-fiction, I root whole-heartedly for the success of everyone who writes in that genre. It is TERRIFIC to see a book featuring a shameless lack of sex and violence climb to #36 on the Amazon list. Pop the champagne, which is well-deserved.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, Confessions of a "Salivating Moron"

24 posted on 02/21/2005 2:17:53 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Judges who disobey the law are the worst criminals of all.)
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To: Travis McGee; LS
I had the pleasure of meeting Larry during CPAC at the FR booth. His book signing session had been earlier that morning.

Thanks for the update, and congrats to Larry for his literary success!

25 posted on 02/21/2005 2:18:46 PM PST by NautiNurse (Osama bin Laden has more tapes than Steely Dan)
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To: Travis McGee
Wow. Could y'all start talking about my book, please?

Bradypalooza

26 posted on 02/21/2005 2:22:07 PM PST by YourAdHere (My Brady Bunch book is now available!)
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To: Travis McGee

awesome news!

Thank you for pinging me.

Whatever happened to you stayin' away from the PC while you finish YOUR book?

hahahahaha


27 posted on 02/21/2005 2:22:23 PM PST by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: YourAdHere

LOL!


28 posted on 02/21/2005 2:24:06 PM PST by Gumption
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To: YourAdHere

You're not Brian Lombard are you?


29 posted on 02/21/2005 2:25:45 PM PST by Gumption
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To: Lil'freeper


30 posted on 02/21/2005 2:29:26 PM PST by big'ol_freeper (World Series Champion Boston Red Sox!! Has a nice ring to it.)
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To: glock rocks
I buy all my books from Overstock. Cheaper, faster, and of course, $1.40 for shipping.....

I am not now nor have I ever been an employee of Overstock!!! LOL

31 posted on 02/21/2005 2:32:54 PM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: Travis McGee
One Review: Found on Amazon.com

The Antidote to the America Haters, February 21, 2005 Reviewer: Matthew Bracken (San Diego, CA United States) -

I guess I'm not surprised that the usual "Hate America First" crowd of clapped-out bitter Marxists have jumped on A Patriot's History and reviewed it from Michael Moore's and Ward Churchill's perspective. That's the only reason why it doesn't have a five star review across the board: bitter leftists, snarling and snapping even as they are being carried out in history's dustbin. A Patriot's History is not a light read, but I suggest that parents purchase it for their college-bound high school students. They need to be armed with the truth when they arrive at the universities, so that they can effectively counter the radical leftist arguments of the America-hating Zinns, Churchills and Jensons who infest academia.

32 posted on 02/21/2005 2:34:56 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Travis McGee; LS

Thanks for the heads up.

LS...how about posting a sample. How do you treat Shays' Rebellion, for example?


33 posted on 02/21/2005 2:36:59 PM PST by cloud8
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To: Travis McGee

Sounds like a winner to me!


34 posted on 02/21/2005 2:39:45 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin' out over the line)
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To: Travis McGee; LS

Congrats!

BTW, are you the same "Larry Schweikart" who wrote some pieces about Trident for the US Naval Institute Proceedings back in the 1980s?


35 posted on 02/21/2005 2:40:33 PM PST by Poohbah (God must love fools. He makes so many of them...)
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To: Travis McGee; LS

Way to go, Larry!


36 posted on 02/21/2005 2:40:41 PM PST by doug from upland (Ray Charles --- a great musician and safer driver than Ted Kennedy)
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To: Travis McGee

Wow. Congrats! That's fabulous.

I actually heard you today but didn't realize who it was (I listen in fragments.)


37 posted on 02/21/2005 2:42:26 PM PST by altura (tolerance is an overrated virtue.)
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To: Travis McGee
Just curious. Is there a conservative book club here at Free Republic? Lord knows there are enough conservative books out there now (maybe not a few years ago, but now there are).

I've been thinking of starting a thread on the subject, but I thought I'd find out by asking on some other book thread first.

TS

38 posted on 02/21/2005 2:42:43 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: OldFriend

LOL. I found out last time I ordered from Overstock that they're about 15 minutes away from me. Cheaper than gasoline to have them put it in my mailbox.


39 posted on 02/21/2005 2:43:22 PM PST by glock rocks (WYGIWYG)
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To: Travis McGee

I got the warm fuzzies seeing you support fellow FReeper LS's book sales.

Speaking of fellow FReeper's books, we're waiting....Matthew....are you out there?


40 posted on 02/21/2005 2:45:09 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian ( Political correctness is incorrect. ><BCC>)
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To: Travis McGee

I picked up a copy at Barnes & Noble last week - didn't even realize that the author was a Freeper, but I'm not surprised.

It's a really outstanding book, I highly recommend it. It's a good way to get a solid understanding of all those details of American history that you feel like you should know but either regurgitated on a test and promptly forgot, or were never taught.


41 posted on 02/21/2005 2:46:25 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Travis McGee
The Antidote to the America Haters, February 21, 2005
Reviewer: Matthew Bracken (San Diego, CA United States) - See all my reviews
I guess I'm not surprised that the usual "Hate America First" crowd of clapped-out bitter Marxists have jumped on A Patriot's History and reviewed it from Michael Moore's and Ward Churchill's perspective. That's the only reason why it doesn't have a five star review across the board: bitter leftists, snarling and snapping even as they are being carried out in history's dustbin.

A Patriot's History is not a light read, but I suggest that parents purchase it for their college-bound high school students. They need to be armed with the truth when they arrive at the universities, so that they can effectively counter the radical leftist arguments of the America-hating Zinns, Churchills and Jensons who infest academia.

**************************************************

Got some grandkids that need to read this...............

42 posted on 02/21/2005 2:48:22 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: All
Another book with some Truth:

***************************************************

Unholy Alliance
by David Horowitz
Regnery Publishing, Inc.; ISBN: 089526076X
Hardcover - 256 pages (September 2004)


In this tour de force on the most important issue of our time, David Horowitz, confronts the paradox of how so many Americans, including the leadership of the Democratic Party, could turn against the War on Terror. He finds an answer in a political Left that shares a view of America as the “Great Satan” with America’s radical Islamic enemies. This Left, which once made common cause with Communists, has now joined forces with radical Islam in attacking America’s defenses at home and its policies abroad. From their positions of influence in the university and media culture, leftists have defined America as the “root cause” of the attacks against it. In a remarkable exploration of the “Mind of the Left,” Horowitz traces the evolution of American radicalism from its Communist past to its “anti-war” present. He then shows how this Left was able to turn the Democratic Party presidential campaign around and reshape its views on the War on Terror.

Horowitz’s Unholy Alliance, writes John Haynes, the noted historian of American Communism, “is an insightful, brilliant examination of the mental world of the radical left. Horowitz shows how today’s radicals, unwilling to reflect on the internal flaws that destroyed Marxism-Leninism from within, have embraced an all-consuming nihilism in its place. This has led them to a hatred of American institutions and a solidarity with Islamic terrorists that makes the radical left more properly regarded as dangerous than loony.”

Unholy Alliance is an eye-opening book that should unsettle conventional assumptions and reveals why intellectuals and political leaders who applaud Michael Moore are no laughing matter. As Harvey Klehr, author of Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, writes, “The world Communist movement may be moribund, but its habits of mind and ideological fantasies have not disappeared. This is a fascinating and depressing account.”

Price: $19.01Click here to order:


43 posted on 02/21/2005 2:50:08 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: Travis McGee
Unknown FReeper

Never underestimate the power of the FReeper!
44 posted on 02/21/2005 2:52:04 PM PST by TheForceOfOne (Social Security I thought pyramid schemes were illegal!)
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To: Travis McGee

BUMP


45 posted on 02/21/2005 2:53:00 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: Travis McGee

LS is one of my favorite Freepers. I'm glad to see him get needed recognition for an important point-of-view.

One of the reasons I restrain myself is because I don't want to be the reason some discredit the courageous ones who step out of anonymity (where I live, and I have no plans to move) and into the hot spotlight of Real Life Fame and/or Notoriety.


46 posted on 02/21/2005 2:54:43 PM PST by L.N. Smithee (Thanks for nothing, you dumb pucks. The NHL is now the NHWC [No Hockey? Who Cares?])
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To: Tanniker Smith

i think a Free Republic conservative book club would be a terrific idea---

I love discussing the books I read with someone, but I can't seem to find anyone that likes the same ones I do---

Most of my friends, and family are into ---fiction.

I cannot wait to get ahold of this book---I love history!!!

Tanniker---if you start a thread, they will come....


47 posted on 02/21/2005 2:55:41 PM PST by Txsleuth (Call be anything...just don't call me a fringe poster)
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To: LS

Congratulations on your book---

As I said in an earlier post---I can't wait to get it and read it--

Mayber Tanniker can start a FR Book Club, and your book will be one of the first to be discussed...although at 944 pages, it may take a few days...


48 posted on 02/21/2005 2:59:11 PM PST by Txsleuth (Call be anything...just don't call me a fringe poster)
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To: Txsleuth

ping


49 posted on 02/21/2005 3:01:01 PM PST by Rocky Mountain Mama (four more years of tax cuts and dead terrorists)
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To: Travis McGee

Excellent news. Congratulations LS.


50 posted on 02/21/2005 3:01:11 PM PST by blam
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